Is this pruning? Or why would a 'professional' have done this...


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Hello,

I live on an estate and we have a service company allegedly doing grounds maintenance.

We have bushes/shrubs which look like this;
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Is this the correct way to prune and maintain each variety or is something not right?

The last 2 look quite dead but is there any hope for the others?

Thank you.

Mark
 
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I've prune many of shrubs and trees in my life, but I have never pruned or seen any pro prune the way they pruned your stuff. The cuts they left are bad cuts to me, and if my guys did that, I would let them go. They will come back and regrow, but it will be slow and look not too good.
 
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I agree with Oneeye,
Those cuts will let rain settle on them instead of doing the cut on a slant so the rain can run off ,

I do understand all gardeners have their own way and reason for gardening in their own way of doing things

Ie the french prune Roses approx 1/4 inch high along the stem and a cross cut from the edge of the stem,
we're the english prune just above a nod and at an angle so the rain can run off the cut,

Ive asked the local garden centre why they prune in this direction and across the stem ?
And i was told this allows the stem to have natural die back and thats why its done that way,

Well it's nice to learn something new every day And with gardening you are always learning,
 
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Your service company aren't gardeners Markie, I'd be more inclined to call them butchers. :( Hopefully the shrubs will survive but I wouldn't guarantee it. Yes, you're right the last couple are dead.
 
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Probably not fruit trees in the above pics, but I think this is a good article on pruning in general. Be very, very careful of who does it and when...

 
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Thank you everybody for your replies. :)

I do hope they have some regrowth. I'm just worried as a couple of those 'trunks' have been like that for some months with no sign of any life.
I agree the grounds maintenance company 'workers' aren't gardeners and should rather be employed in an abattoir.

Aswell as the damage to a living thing, the insult is the cost and shabby service we are getting but are powerless to change the contractor despite paying the service charges.
I think they just go around 'butchering' things so there is less to actually 'maintain' and soon there won't be anything left except for lawns. :(

Some more pictures from their latest grounds maintenance visit last week;
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Is this dead?
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Some of the residents are considering doing the pruning themselves and asking the maintenance company to leave the shrubs/bushes alone - so you may see a spike in new members from London seeking pruning tips :D
 
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Does your service charge lay out on paper the individual services they provide? If they do it would be an idea along with your neighbours to withhold the fee for ground maintenance and explain why in a letter to the people providing the service. It may also be worth your while doing the same if the service charge covers everything. It would also help to send the service providers pictures of the damage done.

It's difficult to tell what is dead or alive but you can check by scratching the surface of a number of stems, if they are green underneath then they are still alive. Whether they will stay alive after this damage only time will tell.
 

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